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BUDDY READ: Horror/Thriller > The Institute by Stephen King - Restarting March 1st 2020

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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84071 comments Mod
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.



Ashleigh | 3290 comments 13% - (view spoiler)


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Krystal Ayers | 4313 comments Seems like my library was wrong and I’m number 17 for holds... so not sure when I will get this.


Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Krystal wrote: "Seems like my library was wrong and I’m number 17 for homes... so not sure when I will get this."

Aww not cool.... Sorry hun.


Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Im start tonight.... Cant wait...


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments The Night Knockers
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments The Smart Kid
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Shots For Dots
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Ashleigh wrote: "13% - Oh wow, this book is interesting and crazy!

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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Maureen and Avery
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Ashleigh | 3290 comments @Lesa (view spoiler)


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments @ashleigh
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Escape
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message 15: by Liz (new) - rated it 4 stars

Liz Looking forward to reading this! Massive SK fan <3


Ashleigh | 3290 comments I need to catch up with you Lesa!


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Ashleigh wrote: "I need to catch up with you Lesa!"

I had a mini break so you can probably caught up. I was reading The Ten Thousand Doors of Janaury now Im reading Baby Teeth. Then ill get back to this and also The Dragon Republic too.


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Hell Is Waiting
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Ashleigh | 3290 comments I had caught up to you, but you've sped past me again :)

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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Ashleigh wrote: "I had caught up to you, but you've sped past me again :)

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Lol.... You will be able to catch up now. Going to read some more of Spin the Dawn....


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Hell is here
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Big Phone
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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Finished
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Karen Barber | 10592 comments 1% - couldn’t resist (bit of teen son badgering), but I do wonder if this is cashing-in on the excitement around part two of IT coming out.


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Karen Barber | 10592 comments 4% - I was expecting a dramatic opening with the child being abducted. Not quite sure how our resident drifter Tim is linked to things, but it’s an intriguing start.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments 7% The Night Knocker. Slightly off expected focus, but I’m intrigued. King does small-town so well.


Ashleigh | 3290 comments Finished - (view spoiler)


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Lesa Divine | 1513 comments Ashleigh wrote: "

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Karen Barber | 10592 comments 14% - The Smart Kid. Precociously clever,but just a child. Luke’s kidnapping was clinical.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments 22% - shots for dots. My first thought is that what’s going on doesn’t seem so bad, which immediately makes me suspicious there’s a lot we’re not being told and it’s probably terrifying.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments 37% - Maureen and Avery. Some unpleasant details of some of the tests being undertaken. Luke is certainly going to need to use everything he has to find out anything.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments 50% - Escape. Though you suspect it has to go that way, it’s still a pretty gutsy move from Luke. Do wonder how this will develop.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments 62% - Hell is Waiting. Luke is in danger. So close, and I’ve got my fingers tightly crossed that Tim will do his thing.


Karen Barber | 10592 comments Hell is Here. So, don’t underestimate small-town Southern residents with guns...is there a chance this might work out for Luke?


Karen Barber | 10592 comments Finished. Review on home page. Enough plausibility here to keep the conspiracy theories alive.


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Maddie (maddisonbruce) | 47351 comments Mod
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Krystal Ayers | 4313 comments Only to chapter 11...... (view spoiler)


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Wiktoria (wiktoria6600) | 388 comments Krystal wrote: "Only to chapter 11...... [spoilers removed]"

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Wiktoria (wiktoria6600) | 388 comments I need to put this read on hold because it got returned to the library. There's quite a lot of holds on it.


Krystal Ayers | 4313 comments Wiktoria wrote: "I need to put this read on hold because it got returned to the library. There's quite a lot of holds on it."

I'm honestly okay with that. I can't seem to truly get into it. I do want to read it though so let me know when you get it back.


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Wiktoria (wiktoria6600) | 388 comments okay will do!


Krystal Ayers | 4313 comments Wiktoria wrote: "okay will do!"

I have to turn my physical copy in anyway. The ebook says I'm like 4 months out LOL.


Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84071 comments Mod
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Cinthia | 5775 comments Joining I hope u guys don't mind :)


Krystal Ayers | 4313 comments The more the merrier!


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